AA | Friday, May 28, 2021 – 16:50 | Last Updated: 28 05 2021 – 16:50
ERU Faculty Member Prof., who named the new species “Leptogium Pirireisii” he discovered on the continent. Dr. Gökhan Halıcı, “Antarctica was discovered in the early 1800s. It is extremely important that it shows Antarctica and the islands in its map 300 years ago.” said.
Continuing his studies on lichens, one of the organisms that successfully live in Antarctica, Halıcı named the new species “Leptogium Pirireisii”, which he discovered among the samples he brought.
Halıcı told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they are trying to classify the lichen samples they collected from Antarctica with the support of TUBITAK.
Stating that they discovered a new species among the samples they collected as a result of the studies, Halıcı said:
“In our biodiversity studies, we determined that one of the samples belongs to a species that has not been previously described in the scientific world. It belongs to a genus called Leptogium. We named this species’ Leptogium Pirireisii.” (New Zealand Journal of Botany) accepted.
Stating that he collected lichen samples in 2017, Halıcı stated that the discovered lichen differs from the previously described species in terms of morphological and anatomical features.
Halıcı stated that the newly found species was passed through a scientific filter, evaluated by the referees, and deemed suitable and deserved to be published.